Graduate Dissertation Titles

Graduate Dissertation Titles



Mary Lydia Aebischer

“An Organic Inquiry into the Sacred Stories on the Virgin of Guadalupe: Narratives of Transformation in the Latina/Chicana Borderland Consciousness”

Don Arispe

“Encounters with Wisdom: A Case Study of Community Worker Reflection Circles in San Antonio, TX”

Crete Brown

“Unsettling” the Bear River Massacre: A Transformative Learning and Action Project Utilizing Indigenous Worldviews and Ceremonial Elements”

Monique Ann Duphily

“Transforming Relationships: A Qualitative Analysis of Westerners’ Experience of Reciprocity with the Natural World”

Kendra Marie Harris

Cultural Genocide by Western Education: A Transdisciplinary Study of Pragmatics in New Orleans”

Rien Havens

“Adult Development and Wellbeing”

Marsha Roberts Hopkins

“Play in the Lives of Creative Individuals: An Arts Based Exploration”

Robert Kezer

Integral Nonviolent Conflict: Reframing the Idea of Civil Resistance against Violent Oppression”

Peter Richard le Breton

“The Farther Reaches of Human Learning: An Interpretative Study of Mastery”

Bisola Marignay

“Everyday Life: A Critical Ethnography of a Community Caring for Children under Assault in Schools”

Seth Thomas Miller

“Toward an Aesthetic Epistemology: Transforming Thinking through Cybernetic Epistemology and Anthroposophy”

Carol Marie Oberg

“Reframing Dementia Care as Joint Performance and Improvisational Practice: A Theroretical Perspective”

Angela Reed

“Qualitative Research in Empowering Young Visionaries: Unleashing Young People’s Innate Wisdom and Creative Potential”

Michael Shabaka–Aaron

“Black in America: Formerly Incarcerated & Never Incarcerated”

Charles H. Silverstein

“Contemplative Practices and Orders of Consciousness: A Constructive-Developmental Approach”

Rachel M. Sowell Keil

“Visualizing Change: A Narrative Inquiry on How Designers Represent and Prototype Their Intangible Design Ideas”

Rebecca Ruth Watford

“Architectural Space: In Search of Sensory Balance for Contemporary Spaces”

Marguerite Anne Welch

“What’s It Like to Be White?:  Understanding the Decision to Learn About Being White”



Margaret DiMarco Allen

"An Integral-Appreciative Co-Paradigm Study of Leadership and Effectiveness at a Public Service Agency: The Rockford Park District from 1972 – 2006"

Jocelyn Elizabeth Chapman

"Teaching into the Heart of Knowing in Online Education: Aesthetics and Pragmatics"

Wanella – Bola Cofield

"Learning Circle – Sacred Space: A Case Study of African America Women Cultivating a Self-Loving Attitude in the Midst of Systemic Oppression"

Crystallee Rene Crain

"Exploring the Impact of Community and State Violence among Black Women in Oakland"

Denis Martinez Criado

"An Integral Approach to Evolving Consciousness: Painting and Poetry 1890 - 1955"

Leilie Kaye First

"Creativity in theoretical Physics: A Situational Analysis of the Fifth Solvay Council on Physics, 1927"

Margaret Ruth Frimoth

"Breaking Silence, Shifting Culture: A Partnership Model of Intentional Safety for Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse"

Sister Joy

"Medical Doctors’ Views on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Moving toward Integrative and Equitable Healthcare in Arkansas"

Nancy Kresin-Price

"Building Warmth Sculpture in the Student-Teacher Relationship: Goethean Observation and Contemplative Practice in an Action Research Inquiry"

Benedict L. Louie

"Application of a Grief Model and Buddhist Psychology Dealing with Grieving, Loss, and Suffering"

Regina Lutrell

"Social Networking Sites in the Public Relations Classroom: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Using Wordpress, Facebook, and Twitter"

Charles McAuley

"Promethean Mythopoetics and Evolutionary Consciousness: The Theoretical Journey through the Realms of Metaphor, Media, and Mind"

Ayodele Nzinga

"Performing Literacy: A Narrative Inquiry into Performance Pedagogy in a Marginalized Community"

Kenneth Otter

"What Difference Does It Make? A Qualitative Inquiry into Longer-Term Outcomes of a Transformative Education in Relational Leadership"

Damaur Cummings Quander

"A Nation within a Nation: An Organic Study of the Black Matriarchy as a Social Construct of Black Survival in Contrast to the Moynihan Report"

Lynne Hedrick Roff

"Anomalous Experience in the Performing Arts: A Transdisciplinary Encounter"

Mary Rolison

"How Human Service Workers Maintain a Positive Perspective"

Charles Silverstein

"Contemplative Practices and Orders of Consciousness: A Constructive-Developmental Approach"

Penelope Ann Thronson

"Crossing between the Father’s House and the Mother’s House; The Journey of a Long-Term Leaderless Women’s Group"

Sally Wilcox

"A Fractal Topology of the Transcendent Experience"

Laura Wilson

"Enchanted Words, Enchanted Worlds: A Theoretical Examination of Fantasy Literature and Re-enchantment"

Robert Wright Jr.

"The Role of Endogenous Cyclic Nitric Oxide Spiking in Motherloss and Existential Grief Recovery: A Modified Neuropsychological and Psychophysiological Heuristic Self Search Inquiry Approach to Stress reduction, Homeostasis, and Healing"

John Yeomans

"The Theory of Evoking Conditioned Presence: A Grounded Theory Study"


Elisa Audo

"The Experience of Mind-Body Bridging as a Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders"

David Borsos 

"The Esoteric Philosophy of Alice A. Bailey: Ageless Wisdom for a New Age"

Sheri Chow 

"Best Practices in Student Recruitment: A Case Study of Eleven Practitioners at Seven Alternative Graduate Schools"

Julien Porter Devereux 

"Transformative Experiences of Long-Term Recovering Alcoholics: A Cooperative Inquiry"

Armand Diaz

"Divination as a Life Path in Contemporary America: An In-depth Exploration of the World of Psychic Mediums"

Maureen Dolan

"Body, Mind, Spirit: Twelve Juicy Stories of Transformation from Yoga Practice in Higher Education"

John Duvall

"Peak Oil and Transition: The Making of a Documentary Video"

Anna Gatmon 

"Education towards Wholeness: Facilitating Spiritual Knowing in Adult Learners"

Judith Glick-Smith

"The Path of the Razor’s Edge: An Examination of the Flow of Experiences of Firefighters"

Catherine Hillary Keeney

"Circular Poetics: Cybernetics, Zen Koans, and the Art of Creative, Transformative Pedagogy"

Sarah Kerr 

"Dreams, Rituals, and the Creation of Sacred Objects: An Inquiry into a Contemporary Western Shamanic Initiation"

Joe Mageary

“Rise Above/We’re Gonna Rise Above”: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Use of Hardcore Punk Culture as a Context for the Development of Preferred Identities"

Joy Meeker

"Engaging Emotions and Practicing Conflict: Emotions and Teaching Toward Social Justice"

Melissa Murray

"Civilian Leadership in a Public Safety Organization: A Collaborative Inquiry among a Group of Public Safety Dispatch Supervisors"

Jeanine Olund

"Women of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: A Qualitative Exploration into Factors of Success"

Nika Newcomb Quirk

"Open Yet Unbroken: We Emerge as a Circle of Women Leaders through an Artful Action Inquiry"

Aparna Ramaswamy

"Natya Yoga – The Yoga of Bharatha Natyam"

Stacey Starling 

"Competing Goodness: Perceptions of Person-Centered Culture Change Within Human Service Agencies."

James Uhl 

"Experiences and Insights on Masculinity by Former Navy Seals in Their Military and Civilian Lives"

Barbara Widhalm 

"Nature as Guide for Vibrant Learning – A Living Systems Framework for Academic Learning Experience Design toward a Thriving Sustainable World"